We like these road trip articles where "Road Food" is compared to "Fast Food". Look - no one is telling you to pull over and eat a giant burger from In-And-Out - but given the food we've experienced at local joints on long road trips - this can be a safer bet if you don't have 3 weeks to roam around and find great "Road Food".
Scripps Howard News Service: "A fire crackles softly beneath an outdoor grill, and the faint scent of burning juniper wood hangs in the air as evening settles in over the desert.
At the Mexican Hat Motor Lodge, ribeyes sizzle on the open grill, pots of beans simmer on an outdoor stove, and plastic tubs of salad sit on a counter. The nearby canyons, majestic rocks in iridescent shades of red, orange, brown and purple, practically shimmer when illuminated by the setting sun.
Most people come to this corner of southeastern Utah for the scenery, not the food. Alton Brown came for the food. Or, more precisely, the food AND the scenery."
We can't tell you how to enjoy your fast food, but a little moderation might help shave that 1/3 to 1/8. I'll take 1/8th and still enjoy a big mac from time to time.
Study: Fast Food Makes You One-Third Fatter: "This Nature journal article about a new study showing the high trans-fat content of fast food is leading to higher and higher rates of obesity as well as insulin resistance leading to diabetes is yet another reason why people who are livin' la vida low-carb should avoid fast food restaurants altogether.
As if finding out about how they make and manufacture their chargrilled chicken patties wasn't traumatic enough for you, researchers have now found that the kind of fat content in foods such as a burger and French fries at your local fast food joint can actually make you nearly one-third fatter than other fats that contain the same caloric content. "